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Tell the doctor you saw it on VAWatchdog

and ask about veterans discounts!​

Get your VA medical records online
Our online tools can help you view, organize,

and share your VA medical records and personal

health information. Find out if you’re eligible

and how to sign in to start using these tools.

Education Service

DEA - Chapter 35

Am I eligible for an advance payment

of my education benefits?

What is Special Restorative Training?

How to file a VA disability claim
Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation

or increased disability compensation.
How do I prepare before starting my application?

Proposed Rules 38 CFR Part 4

​Schedule for Rating Disabilities

The Cardiovascular System

​​The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend the section of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or Rating Schedule) that

addresses the cardiovascular system.

Investigators find $53 million in

improper medical bills for veterans

​Lawmakers are demanding answers from Veterans

Affairs officials after a new investigation found more

than $53 million in emergency room costs for

veterans improperly rejected by department officials.

C&P Service Clinician’s Guide

Scheduled For A C & P???    Filing A Claim?

This is a must read for you!!!

I've been posting this again and again over the years

and it's still one of the best ways I know to win

your case. Published in 2002 the principles and much of

the verbiage still applies and is in daily use at the VA. 

Caregiving For A Loved One?

How To Get The Help You Need

Being a caregiver requires a lot of time and effort. However, when crisis strikes it's hard to simply ask for help. So, how do you help people help you?​

How to download VA benefit letters
To receive some benefits, Veterans need a letter proving their status. Access and download your VA Benefit Summary Letter (sometimes called a VA award letter) and other benefit letters and documents online.

Brett Valette, Ph.D.
Veterans Clinical Psychologist

Some Wounds Cannot Be Seen

Nexus Letters    
Independent Medical Opinions   Psych DBQs

(303) 465-3147

What You Should Know about Disability and Debt

There Are Protections...When it comes to debt collection, disability income enjoys special status.

Social Security’s Wounded Warriors website

We’re there to provide comfort during difficult times

No way to run hospitals:

VA supply shortages threaten veterans’ care
The Pittsburgh VA is failing in its most

basic duty to its patients

Training Letter 10-02
Adjudicating Claims for Hearing Loss and/or Tinnitus

​Disability claims filed by veterans for hearing loss

and/or tinnitus are among the most common

received by the Veterans Benefits Administration

and are often related to noise exposure during military service. This letter addresses 1) general information

about ear anatomy, the process of hearing, the classification of hearing loss, and tinnitus 2) medical examinations and opinions related to hearing loss and tinnitus, 3) adjudicating claims for hearing loss, tinnitus, or both, and 4) certain aspects of audiology examinations.

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Jim's Mailbag

VA releases free mobile app to streamline

health care access for Veterans and caregivers
Schedule appointments online, lose weight,

quit smoking, download VA health records

Upload evidence to support

your disability claim
If you’ve filed a claim for disability compensation, you can continue uploading more evidence for up to one year to support your claim. Evidence may include supporting documents like medical test results, doctor’s reports, and other records. Upload your evidence online now.

Craig N. Bash M.D., M.B.A.
The Veterans Medical Advisor

Independent Medical Opinions     Nexus Letters     Records Review
Nationwide Representation     Free Consultation

(240) 506-1556

Overpayment? VA proposing to claw back

money from your benefits? Submit a Compromise Offer to the Debt Management Center. 

This is the only thing that works.

Has VA medical care caused you an injury or other harm?

You can sue the VA for medical malpractice but it's a complex process and you'll want lawyers who have

done this successfully in the past. There are strict time limits and draconian regulations to follow. 

​Get some advice today...call now!

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Serving Disabled Veterans Nationwide


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Gulf War Syndrome, Migraines, Heart & Vascular Disease,

DIC, Unemployability TDIU
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Veterans Law At Your Service

Unemployability (TDIU) Appeals,  Agent Orange Exposure, Death Benefits, PTSD & Mental Health Appeals,
​Gulf War Syndrome, BVA % CAVC Appeals, Asbestos or Radiation exposure, Traumatic Brain Injury

Nationwide Representation     844 244 VETS (8387)​    Free Claim Evaluation​​

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

Additional information needed to support claim

Direct Deposit - May I apply by telephone?

Check your VA claim or appeal status

Find out how to check the status of a

VA claim or appeal online

The Law Offices of David Anaise, MD JD
Board Certified Physician/Surgeon    Accredited Veterans Law Attorney    Military Veteran

DRO, BVA, CAVC Appeals     Nexus Letters     Independent Medical Opinions
Has Your Claim Been Denied?   Do you need an IMO or a DBQ?

You'll need to speak with an expert physician and then a veterans law attorney.
Why not speak with both at the same time?

(520) 219-7321    Free Case Evaluation    (520) 219-7344

Check your GI Bill Benefits

Post-9/11 GI Bill Statement of Benefits

VA Launchpad for Veterans

​The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Launchpad

App for Veterans (VA Launchpad) contains select VA applications (apps) for Veterans and their Caregivers.

New apps will automatically appear in the VA Launchpad when they become available. Organizing VA health information and resources into five categories, it quickly accesses and launches the VA app of your choice. With VA Launchpad, VA intends to save you time and help you better integrate available VA apps into your life.

Social Security and You

Vets being duped by Social Security rumor mill

Owe VA Money??? 

​​Submit A Waiver Request

Jim's Mailbag

Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA disability benefits

and a member of the Stateside Legal Website Advisory BoardJim's Mailbag, is a regular column where veterans,

servicemembers, and family members can  ask Jim their questions about VA and Social Security disability benefits.  

You can browse all of these Q&As here, and search the Jim's Mailbag archives for helpful answers.

Email Jim your question for a quick and confidential reply.  jim912@gmail.com

Hey Jim...So you know, this is the kind of crap that drives me wild.  /s/ Drew

Washington nonprofit leader paid rent with veterans' money, documents show

The manager of a charity meant to serve veterans in need siphoned money from the

non-profit and used it to pay her personal rent, a KING 5 investigation found.

Drew...Yep, agreed. Some days it seems there are more veterans charity scammers than there are veterans. All of this begs the question: Why do veterans and active duty soldiers need charity? Why do veterans need free VSOs to represent them to the VA? After all, don't we pay taxes so that government organizations can timely care for those in need? Isn't the VA supposed to be our #1 advocate rather than being our #1 enemy? So many questions...so few answers.  /s/ Jim

​Roger Hale,  Veterans Law Attorney​​

​Personal Injury Lawyer - Free Consultation For Veterans
​​Industrial Accidents   Nursing Home Negligence   Car Accidents   ​

Workers Compensation   Veterans Law​     

Pain & Suffering     Emotional & Mental Anguish

(​405) 531-9983

Dayton VA to go smoke-free 
October 1st

The Department of Veteran Affairs says the 
reason for the ban on matches, lighters, and 
lighting fluid is to reduce the risk of ignition near 
oxygen tanks and other flammable gasses.

Thomas J. Seiter, Jr., M.D.
General Medical Officer - General Practitioner 

U.S. Army, Fort Gordon, GA

Primary Care Physician Submarine Officer & Nuclear Engineer
U.S. Navy Warfare Badge Qualified

Independent Medical Opinions

Nexus Letters   Medical Records Review
Disability Benefits Questionnaires


Everything you ever wanted to know about how

the VA benefits system works but were afraid to ask.
Welcome to the

KnowVA Knowledge Base

Why women veterans are 250% more likely

than civilian women to commit suicide

​The very word “veteran” calls to mind the image of

a man — particularly a male combat veteran.

However, there are more than 2 million women veterans

in the United States today, and women veterans are

the nation’s fastest-growing veteran population.

VA loan limits to be lifted in 2020
VA says lender guidelines will be released

ahead of January effective date

The Schedule For Rating Disabilities

defines the disabling conditions you're filing claims for

and gives you the details of what your ratings will be if you meet

these standards.To successfully file a disability claim and avoid the appeals trap, learn the rules of how your condition is rated and coordinate that with your IMO doctor.

“No Comment”

Emails Show the VA Took No Action to Spare

Veterans From a Harsh Trump Immigration Policy.
The VA’s approach differs sharply from

the Pentagon’s, which won an exemption

for active-duty members of the military.

Medical Malpractice - Veterans 1151 Claims

Hodes Milman LLP

​VA Malpractice Attorneys Helping Veterans Harmed By The VA

​​Veterans Healthcare Rights - Federal Tort Claims - VA Medical Malpractice Claims, 
Misdiagnosis, ​Hospital Negligence, Medical Errors
For a review of your VA malpractice case contact our lawyers today. Our firm serves throughout
the nation, and is one of the few firms to have specialized experience in VA malpractice cases.
(949) 640-8222.

Federal judges slam VA’s handling of ER bills

Judges blast the VA for “doing everything it could” to limit ER bill reimbursements to veterans.
The VA is facing a class action lawsuit alleging

it has failed to follow the law – and an earlier

court ruling – requiring the government to

reimburse veterans for emergency medical bills

not already covered by insurance.​​


Military Records DD 214

Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs)
Official Personnel Folders (OPF)

Veterans Journal:

National Resource Directory a

valuable aid for veterans

​Did you know that the National Resource Directory

has more than 14,000 vetted resources available

to veterans and their families right now? The National Resource Directory and the Office of Warrior Care

Policy engage with programs for service members

and veterans across the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, other U.S. Government agencies and associated organizations.

Can VA Disability Compensation Be Used

to Calculate Child Support or Income?

​Veterans' disability benefits are compensation for

the veteran's impaired earning capacity and are intended to "provide reasonable and adequate compensation for disabled veterans and their families." They are not supposed to be for the sole support of the veteran, but can be counted in child support calculations to provide for the veteran's dependents as well. If the veteran wasn't disabled, he would be earning an income upon which the court would base child support; since disability benefits replace that income, child support can be based upon it.

What is the Electronic Claims Submission Process?

When does SEP recommend a Disability Benefit Questionnaire (DBQ)?

Department of Veterans Affairs:

Veterans Community Care Program

GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) new rule on the Veterans Community Care Program. 

Thinking of Filing a VA Disability Claim?
Think Again

You need an IMO...Here's why;
We propose that veterans who are filing claims take charge of the process, avoiding the flawed C & P exam
report by having their own Independent Medical Opinion and DBQs completed by expert doctors who are
not employees of the VA. Although this brings about an expense the veteran must bear, we believe that
any out of pocket expense is an investment toward a faster claims resolution and is thus justified.

Keep Reading...

Gregory Rada
Veterans Law Attorney     OEF & OIF Air Force Veteran
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and we don't.
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outside the Filter Bubble.
​The world needs an alternative.

Robert Wilkie  <robert.wilkie@va.gov>  ​855-948-2311

Training book used for VA

'How To Lie With Statistics'

Other-than-honorable discharge?

You’re still eligible for VA mental health care​

Senate, House Leaders Demand

VA Fix Emergency Care Claims

Errors Impacting an Estimated 60,800 Veterans

Presumptive Benefits...what are they?

When you claim that a disabling condition is caused by military service, you have to prove that allegation.

Or do you?

VA wrongfully denied $53 million in veterans' medical claims in one 6-month period, says report

In one recent six-month period, the VA left 17,400

veterans to pay out of pocket for emergency

medical care the government should have covered

(Florida) Man Pleads Guilty to Paying Over

$1 Million in Illegal Gratuities to VA Employee

​​He admitted to paying illegal gratuities to a long-time friend who worked at the VA in exchange for referrals he received for his company, Legacy

Home Health, which in turned billed the VA more than

$3 million for ineligible home health services.

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Veterans Benefits on Reddit

VAWatchdog Dot Org

How to Fight VA Debt
Military members know that when DoD gives

you too much money, it will come back for it.

The VA is similar, but the system is worse.


Answers to the top five questions about urgent care

There is no substitute

for the veteran claimant who is involved and informed. Once you've learned how the system really works, filing correctly...getting it right the first time...isn't that hard to do. Educate yourself  by reading what the experts have to say.

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40 Stories From Women About

Life in the Military​   

"Not Many Women Get to

Do What I Do"

Hello Jim...

I need some help here, do you have an answer for me?

​I just recently was granted by the bva on my earlier effective date since was already granted 30% back in 2012 for my claim of service connection. Am i going to have to wait months?

I read your article about the 100% temporary rating. I went form 90% to 1005 temporary. They want to reevaluate my headaches, skin fungus, ptsd and bilateral knee after my doctor gave a letter saying I am a candidate for knee replacement and I have barely held 3 different jobs over the last 6 months. Should I wait until 2022 for the exam or should I ask to be rated at T&P based on current conditions

My combine rating is 90% but I have Been rated Tdiu can I receive a paper stating that I am 100% because I keep running into problems proving that I get the benefits at 100%

Our son is 100% disabled Afghanistan army vet – PTSD and TBI – Homeless but finally living in a RV where ever he can. really need some legal advice

My husband just recieved permanent and total, TDIU, SMC (S). He has ED, should he ask for the SMC K in addition to the SMC S? The DAV says not to open the claim up again because of the risk of reduction of benefits. 

My accredited attorney has advised me that any case that is not likely to prevail, will bring about the denial of all claims made in the appeal. My question, is this the greed of an attorney to make the easy 20 and walk away from the hard work?

Millions more will be soon be allowed to

shop on military bases.

But some veterans wonder how they’ll get access.

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How the VA 'Red-Flags' Patriots

​Among examples of patients' behavior referred to the red-flaggers in the VA's "Disruptive Behavior Committees" (Orwell couldn't have cooked up a better name): venting "frustration about VA services and/or wait times, threatening lawsuits or to have people fired, and frequent unwarranted visits to the emergency department or telephone calls to facility staff."

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We've been keeping veterans informed of news and events important to them since 2005.
You'll find all you need to file your claim and referrals to professionals who can help you when things don't go well. 

What you won't find here is unending chat or opinions from strangers who like to think of themselves as experts.

Our goal is to ensure that you are awarded the benefits you earned with your service to our country.

We're here to help you take charge of your benefits, and that is all.

Drew Early

Veterans Law Attorney
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"Well, it looks like you'll need an IMO"

You're going to get really tired of hearing me say that this year. And next year. Ad nauseum.

We have determined that getting an IMO done as you file your claim is the single most efficient way

there is of ensuring that you will prevail. How do we know this? Because when your claim is denied,

we always turn to the  Independent Medical Opinion  for the appeal process

and the IMO does the trick almost every time.

So why wait until you're denied the benefit you earned because of a faulty C & P exam?

The C & P examiner is not your friend, they're employed by the VA one way or another.

What's the downside? You have to pay for the IMO out of your own pocket, in advance,

and if you lose your case...there's no refund. The upside is that you aren't very likely to lose your claim

with the IMO and you'll be able to catch up any debt with the retro payments you'll receive.

Don't wait to fall into the appeals trap where you'll spend years of your life waiting for something, anything

to happen. Find your doctor here and get busy with the nexus letter, IMO, DBQs you need

written by an expert you can trust.  It's time...go for it.

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